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SHORT COMMUNICATION
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-38

Sterile Insect Technique: The Future Strategy to Control Vector Mosquitoes and the Associated Diseases


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Professor Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu - 603108
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DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_93_19

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The mosquito vector has been identified to play a vital role in a wide range of infectious diseases, most of which are associated with life threatening complications. For many decades, we have relied upon the employment of insecticides as the first line defense for the control of vector population, nevertheless owing to the reports of emergence of resistance to insecticides from different parts of the world and also due to the harmful impact of insecticides on the environment, the time has come where we look beyond them. The researchers from leading health agencies have advocated for strategies which can control the mosquito population itself and this will in turn minimize the risk of infection immensely. Sterile insect technique has been looked upon as the strategy for the control of vector population through birth control in the future. In conclusion, the approach of the sterile insect technique is a promising approach and has immense potential to ensure a reduction in the incidence of the mosquito vector and simultaneously respond to the problem attributed to insecticides.


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